New CD Recorded in the Sistine Chapel Features “The Music of Popes”

Here is a wonderful idea for Christmas gift giving: Beautiful music from a beautiful place. In the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held this morning to present the new musical CD "Cantate Domino": The Sistine Chapel and the Music of Popes."  The CD was produced by Deutsche Grammophon. The speakers at this morning's press conference wereArchbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Papal Household; Msgr. Massimo Palombella, S.D.B., director of the Pontifical Sistine Chapel … [Read more...]

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So…. Who’s Getting Up VERY EARLY to Watch the Mass?

Tomorrow’s the big day:  At 10:00 a.m. Rome time (yep, that’s 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time!), the Cardinals will gather in St. Peter’s Basilica for the Mass for the Election of the Roman Pontiff (Mass Pro Eligendo).  The principal celebrant will be His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals.  If you are a morning person with the unadulterated will to rise at that hour, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see all of the Cardinals in the world gather to celebrate the E … [Read more...]

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Reimagining Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam

"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving." —Johann Wolfgang Goethe, 23 August 1787I love the Sistine Chapel:  that jewel of the Vatican, repository of some of the best art of the Renaissance:  the dramatic frescoes on the life of Moses and the life of Christ, painted by Perugino, Botticelli, and Ghirlandaio; the papal portraits; the trompe l’oeil draperies which adorn the walls—all inspire and amaze.Since 1483, … [Read more...]

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